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Rebar family member ducks prison term

GET OUT OF JAIL CARD:The daughter of the disgraced tycoon Wang You-theng avoided a one-year custodial sentence by paying a NT$2 million fine

By Rich Chang  /  Staff reporter

Wang Lin-ke (王令可), the daughter of fugitive Rebar Asia Pacific Group founder Wang You-theng (王又曾), yesterday paid a fine to the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office as part of a deal honoring her probation agreement.

Wang Lin-ke was sentenced to one year in jail with two years probation by the Supreme Court this February. The ruling said that Wang Lin-ke could pay a fine of NT$2 million (US$69,000) as a prerequisite of the probation, or serve 12 months behind bars.

Wang Lin-ke was found guilty for her role in the embezzlement scandal that hit her father’s firm in 2007.

Wang Lin-ke yesterday arrived at the prosecutors’ office in person to pay the penalty. The prosecutors immediately announced she had been granted probation.

Lawrence Wang (王令興), Wang You-theng’s youngest son, last week began a two-year prison term, the first Wang family member to see jail time.

The Taiwan High Court in November last year handed down sentences in the Rebar Asia Pacific Group fraud case.

Wang You-theng’s oldest son — former Eastern Multimedia Group chairman Gary Wang (王令麟) — was sentenced to five years and eight months.

Wang You-theng, his wife Wang Chin She-ying (王金世英) and Gary Wang’s wife, Tsai Hsueh-ching (蔡雪卿), fled to the US and remain on the police’s most-wanted list.

The ruling said the Wangs embezzled funds from their companies between 1998 and 2007.

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